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FILM ESSAY BY GORANA OGNJENOVIC
the cinema to see this film was an exciting
time, expectations were running high. Finally we would see a more
vision of what had happened. More or less all of us were aware of the
the only films accessible to us on this theme were made by some or
American film company as war and post-war propaganda. 50 years after
were disappointed more or less immediately as the
first images were revealed to us on the big screen.
None of this would ever even try to say how
Bauman argued some time ago how it all was the
point of evolution where
At the same time it was very striking how the last days of the Third Reich have been described as the end of a nation that had done wrong. Some of us expected actually to see something more than the last signs of life on a boat that is slowly sinking, after all the rats had left. What we got was a description of a panic that ruled amongst the soldiers that suddenly appear as defenders of the German nation instead of being army forces representing the dictatorship by which German nation was actually terrorised. The film even gives a vague idea of dilemma, some sort of bizarre question of loyalty divided in two, loyalty to one’s nation and loyalty towards the Fuehrer as if they themselves were never a part of the dictatorship that had been terrorising the nation the entire time. Diverse description was obviously not the goal of this film expedition.
then eventually the film was over. At last but not
the least the narrative stops at a very specific point in time. There
mention of the bombing of
out of the cinema thinking that this was one
of the biggest disappointments so far exactly because this experience,
German version of what was happening those days, never amounted to
more but another product of
The question of why is it still important to give people such one-sided, deceptive versions of history remains hanging in the air.
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